Training our kids

June 7th, 2008

The Bible says in Proverbs 22:6 that we should, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it”. This verse gives us great encouragement to really nurture and teach our kids the things of God. It also makes the promise that if we do, they will continue on in their faith.

Here are a few ways we are trying to train our kids in the things of God.

  1. Modeling – we try our best to model the right way to follow Jesus in front of our kids so they can learn how to do it themselves.
  2. Teaching – we show our kids what the Bible teaches on different subjects in a practical way so it is easy to live it out.
  3. Encouragement – whenever our kids do something well we try to encourage and positively reinforce what they are doing.
  4. Correction – we give them constructive criticism to correct the behaviour if they are doing something wrong.
  5. Benefits – we show the benefits of living the way God wants us to live and that it makes sense to do so.
  6. Love – we let our kids know how much we as parents we love them and just how much God really loves them.
  7. Purpose – we show our kids that God has made them a certain way to do certain things in this life and that we should seek out God’s will for our lives.
  8. Developing – we are helping our kids to develop their own faith and relationship with God. We want them to have their own personal faith and to relate to God in a way that is meaningful to them.

At the heart of this training is a desire to pass our faith on to our kids. As parents we want to be faithful to God and His Word and to prepare them to be the best they can be and to make a positive impact of the world around them.